Freedom of Expression in Maps<sup>1</sup>

A.G. Noorani


Published in print January 2006 | ISBN: 9780195678291
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080588 | DOI:
Freedom of Expression in Maps1

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In March 1950, the Indian government published an authoritative White Paper with a map of India showing the boundaries shared with China, Burma, and Afghanistan. Four years later, the Survey of India published a map after Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru paid a visit to China. The 1950 and 1954 maps, which are different, have important implications for the issue of dissent on foreign policy and raise three crucial questions related to freedom of expression: Do Indian citizens have the right to say that the 1950 map is correct and the 1954 map wrong? Why should it be unlawful for a citizen to not recognise the official map? How can a non-conformist map be considered an affront to the country's sovereignty and territorial integrity? This article delves into these issues and examines them in the light of law.

Keywords: maps; India; China; sovereignty; territorial integrity; freedom of expression; foreign policy; boundaries

Chapter.  2044 words. 

Subjects: Constitutional and Administrative Law

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